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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. you're in the "cnn newsroom" where the news unfolds live this saturday, november 12th. i'm fredericka whitfield. major league baseball player wilson ramos is safe and sound after being held by kidnappers for two days in the mountains of venezuela. he expressed his thanks to those who rescued him after a fierce gunfight. >> i am very happy for the rescue operation they carried out. very thankful to the government and the national army. i didn't expect them. where they were holding me
captive was a very remote place, basically a jungle. and see, i was praying to god to bring me home safely to my family. and look at these guys, they risked their lives to save mine and i am very thankful. >> the country's justice minister has issued an arrest warrant for colombian man believed to be behind that alleged kidnapping. on his way to tonight's presidential debate, herman cain made a stop in his hometown of atlanta today. he avoided any references to the sexual harassment allegations against him and tried to get back into campaign mode. >> there's a political class in washington, d.c., and then you have we, the people out here. they believe they know better what we need than we do, but the american people are saying we're tired of them being the political class, and they treat the american people like the underclass, not when herman cain is president. >> the candidate also took a jab
at president barack obama. cain says the president has an arrogant disregard for the american people and that is what has inspired him to run. tonight's debate will be in spartanburg, south carolina. the focus will be on foreign policy and national security. experts say this could give jon huntsman a chance to show off his hands on foreign policy experience. president obama, meantime, is in hawaii right now. he's hosting an economic summit with leaders from across the asia-pacific region. the summit begins a nine-day trip for the president that also includes stops in indonesia and australia. and security is tight, extra tight at penn state right now. the last home football game of the season is winding down during the fourth quarter, and emotions are running high. one week ago today, former football coach jerry sandusky was arrested on multiple child sex abuse charges. then thursday, penn state fired legendary coach joe paterno saying that he should have done more in reporting what he knew.
paterno's firing then sparked a night of riots. and those riots have security out in force at today's game. let's get right to cnn's athena jones outside penn state's beaver stadium where more than 100,000 fans are watching this last home game of the season. so the game is almost over, how are things unfolding today? >> reporter: well, the game's almost over and looks like nebraska's still ahead. we'll see what happens in the last few minutes of the game. but we arrived here earlier this morning. and at the beginning it looked like your typical college football tailgating party. lots of people, fans alumni, friends and family. in their penn state colors, cooking and drinking and talking and throwing around footballs. we talked to a lot of the fans. there were a lot of mixed feelings out there. people feel the university acted too quickly in firing joe paterno. people who wanted to give him a chance to speak. he's released a statement, but he's not going to be able to speak on the advice of his
lawyers for some time. and there are people who say we've been focusing too much on joe paterno and not on the alleged victims of the child abuse. let's listen to what one fan had to say about that this morning. >> i think everybody's focusing on joe and not so much what happens. they're just worried about his image and everything he should've done. but really it's not about him. it's about the kids. >> reporter: and so in that vein, along with the sea of blue we saw down there on the parking lot earlier, we also saw people wearing these dark blue shirts that said stop child abuse. and at the beginning of the game, there was a moment of silence for child abuse victims. so it's been kind of a balancing act here. you've seen a lot of school pride. there was a sign at one point that said penn state pride is bigger than football. at the same time, earlier today before the game, you?; had some who had hired one of those small planes looping around the stadium trailing one of those banners and the banner said joe is so dirty, he needs a shower.
a lot of mixed feelings here. a lot of anger at the media and at the school. but we'll see how it turns out when all is said and done after the game, fredericka. >> that really does underscore kind of the shift in the mood what typically takes place at penn state, especially a home game and how this has certainly impacted things. after the game, what are students planning if anything whether it be on campus. clearly you mentioned there was a prayer to start the game. but then after this home game, then what? >> reporter: well, that's a big question we're waiting to see what happens. as i said earlier, it looks as though they're not ahead right now. and so we don't know how it's going to turn out in the last few minutes and what it will look like afterwards, when people continue to celebrate. they have scored, it's not going to be a wrap no matter what. but what happens after the game, we don't know. there certainly is a police presence here, we've seen a number of police officers on foot, police officers driving around, patrolling in vehicles.
and even more than half a dozen police officers on horseback earlier today. and so certainly everyone's aware of what happened on wednesday night and doesn't want to see a repeat of that, but so far, there's no indication we are going to see that. we'll have to wait. >> thanks so much. >> let's bring dan wetzel. we have paterno fired, penn state's president fired. your recent columns outline how all of this happened, how it unfolded. is this in your view the start-up of the new president -- to essentially clean house? >> yeah, i definitely think they're cleaning house. i think they had to. i think anybody touched by this scandal in any way the storm kind of overwhelm them. you've got to have a new president, new vice president, new athletic director, obviously joe paterno the coach. if they go out and bring in a new coach, you would have the entire coaching staff would
maybe be gone or maybe one person would remain. but this is a school that's had incredible stability over the last half century. and that's going to change. it's going to be a whole new era at penn state university in football and in the regular administrations. >> so a change potentially in personnel on a very grand scale. but you do wonder if there's going to be -- would there be a real cultural change that allowed this kind of code of silence in which to take place. it seems as though that has gone along with the program that spans decades. might removing people who are accustomed to this football or athletic program be the answer of removing that silence? >> you know, i actually think it will. because the one thing with paterno was most of his assistants were there for decades. he was a truly larger than life figure in this very small town and at this university. everybody owed their career to joe paterno, you're going to get
a whole new personality that's going to come in. it's a lot of ways -- it was -- if there was a code of silence or an idea where you circle the wagons it's because how insular everything was at penn state. i think bringing in new people will do a lot. and if there's one positive out of this, it is the awareness of how people are supposed to treat any allegation involving the abuse of a child. and i don't think there's a single person involved with penn state university who aren't fully aware of what's the right thing to do. no one's learned that more than penn state. >> there have been some discussions about possibly sanctions against penn state, against the football team, some even say that perhaps the football team shouldn't be allowed to play at all for a year. are those real possibilities that penn state might be looking at? >> i don't think so. i think the ncaa says they would monitor the situation. i'm not sure what they would
want to get in on. this incident is so much bigger than any other nca rule book. this is criminal behavior and really abhorrent behavior. it's not in the rule book. i don't know if there are any nca violations. and in terms of the football program. if they were going to shut down the program for a year, they would have not played for today. you could have had a much better case to say we need to shut down this season and not risk the idea of all the frivolous images of people tailgating and all the people at the stadium. but i think penn state's handled this game very well. i don't expect they're going to shut down the football program. >> there have been a lot of folks who would compare the culture of this athletic program or the culture of the football program as a fraternity in and of itself. and there was no way that few people knew about these allegations before they bubbled to the surface. what does your gut tella2$y you? >> well, it's a hard one to say. i think there's so many
suspicious things around it that it would be hard to say that in hindsight a lot of people weren't looking back and saying, boy, i should have seen that red flag. and some of the allegations that weren't acted on. i think one of the things was that they're trying to defend paterno with was the idea he wasn't told of the full extent of the behavior that was going on with jerry sandusky and a young boy in a shower. there's really no act that would be appropriate if you hear of an old man and a young boy taking a shower together. i don't know where any of that could be allowed or seen as possibly proper behavior. so you've got to figure there was a lot of red flags there over this long stretch of time that a lot people missed. i think penn state's handling this -- there's no good way to handle it. >> i know we're talking penn state. we're in vegas, you're there primarily because of a big fight tonight. what's your expectation about how things might unfold tonight?
>> i think manny pacquiao will handle marqucques quite easily all the focus will be on when will he fight floyd mayweather. more people are talking about the fight that isn't happening than the one that is. >> all right. very good. dan wetzel, appreciate your time. >> thank you. all eyes and ears on rome right now. it looks like silvio berlusconi has resigned as italy's prime minister. a live report from rome coming up. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. i was worried it would be hard to install. but it's really easy. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. yeah. you're not... filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. plug into the savings you deserve with snapshot from progressive.
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step down. our senior international correspondent matthew chance is in rome. matthew, what more can you tell us about this? there were to be meetings involving berlusconi. what do we know about whether he will or at what point he might resign? matthew? we're going to try to reconnect our connection with matthew chance coming out of rome and bring that to you as soon as we can. in the meantime, other international headlines, syria has been kicked out of the arab league, an alliance spokesman said syria was suspended for failing to stop the crackdown against dissidents. >> it's not been booted, the it's been suspended and that will take place on november 16th for not implementing this plan that actually syria agreed to on the second of november. but what we've seen over the last ten days is a mounting
death toll of civilians as well as members of the armed forces. in the last ten days, more than 200 people were killed. and this is really what's behind the arab league decision to suspend syria. >> syria's suspension from the arab league is effective wednesday. and emergency officials in turkey raised the earthquake death toll today to 38. rescuers have saved 26 people so far. the quake hit eastern turkey on wednesday. jacqui jeras in the weather center. it's sunny. >> it is sunny -- >> it's in atlanta and all across the east, it's a gorgeous weekend and it will continue to stay that way. however, as we take a look at what's happening out west. that's going to be the big problem there. and we have a lot of snow to talk about. look at this. across the wasatch range as well as here, across parts of the rockies, we're going to be
seeing very heavy snow. and this is going to make travel conditions extremely difficult for a whole lot of people. we're talking chains are going to be necessary, the wind is very strong, and that's what's going to be bringing out whiteout conditions at times. the snow is coming down at the ski resorts, people are trying to get out there and trying to enjoy this. this is utah where you could see 1 to 2 feet of snow. as we take a look at the big picture, we've got three weather systems, all of which are affecting the west. so here's the one across the midsection into the rockies, a second one here in the pacific northwest bringing heavy snow across the cascade and then into the southwest, we've got an area of low pressure offshore here, and that's bringing in rain across parts of southern california. but high pressure dominates the east and, fredericka, we'll end that on a nice note there and that's temperatures way above normal. we're talking 60s and 70s through the middle of november. >> oh, this is whacky stuff. we had halloween and kids who were, you know, all bundled up and now you've got this. >> i know. >> fabulous. >> that time of year.
back and forth. >> thanks so much, jacqui. bank of america learned firsthand that consumers have had enough of bank fees. their plan to charge debit card users was met with a mountain of resistance. and our ali velshi spoke with the woman who made sure the big banks got the message. . >> as you certainly know by now, bank of america will not be charging customers a $5 a month debit card fee. what you might not know is the woman behind the influential campaign against the fee, molly catchpole is a 23-year-old recent college graduate who may have seen on tv before. it's great to see you. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> you closed your bank account because of the fee, but that's not where you stopped, you started an online petition, more than 300,000 signatures, i don't know what the final figure was. do you believe you're the reason bank of america agreed to repeal this wildly unpopular fee? >> no, i don't believe i'm the only reason.
you know, there were people closing their bank accounts, bank of america lost thousands of customers, there were protests and actions across the country, they were getting bad press, and then, i think, you know the 300,000 signature petition had some impact certainly. >> nobody ever before this changed their bank. nobody ever closed -- i really think the number of people who ever did anything like that was very, very small. were you doing it because you didn't want to pay the $5 fee or were you doing it in protest? >> i was doing it both. you know, i really obviously am against paying the $5 fee and i believe that there were thousands of other people who were also against it, and i figured if i made a change.org petition and thousands of people signed on then there would be a chance of them repealing the fee. >> tell me the mechanics of this. i work in tv, i tweet, i use social media, i don't think i've ever done anything as remotely as effective as you who has none of that background. what are the mechanics of that? what went through your mind? you said i want to see if other people are mad about this and what they'll do? what do you do?
>> look, change.org is a platform for petitions online and i've signed petitions there before, so i knew that it had the potential to be really effective. so i created the petition, i wrote it up, and i sent it out on twitter a little bit and also on facebook. and it just went viral. over 300,000 people signed it. so it was kind of -- i think a combination of the fact that people are so upset right now with banks to begin with. and just the fact that they really liked the petition. coming up, next in gaming and gadgets. a behind the scenes look at how one of the world's leading visual effects companies added digital magic to the movie "rise of the planet of the apes." ♪
all right. something very different for this week's gaming and gadgets. we're going global today. all the way from digital in new zealand. it is a visual effects company responsible for the effects in movies like "x men," "lord of the rings" and "avatar." of course "avatar" took home academy award for visual effects.
taking us behind the scenes, how in the world do you get this cool opportunity? >> well, you know, i'm a tech guy. and, you know, art and science come together in movies like "rise of the planet of the apes." i'm one of the few journalists invited behind the scenes in anticipation of the dvd release on december 13th. it's pretty wild. you know, i mean, it's not just about -- this movie magic is unbelievable. we've seen what they've done in avatar. and if you haven't seen rise of the planet of the apes, it's a blast. that's just scratching the surface of what they're able to do here. >> i did see "rise of the planet of the apes" and we wondered how do they do that? and how do they have these apes communicate? and they had them in such great volume. explain what the process may have been. >> sure. well, first of all, i want to mention that there was not one real ape in this movie. >> you're kidding? >> this is unbelievable. they had very emotional scenes,
not one. all digitally recreated. so first of all, it's amazing. the process is obviously a very long and laborious one. but it starts with reference material, they study apes, their movement, their behaviors, action, and get their artist animators to work, often simultaneously but in different departments and then it comes together. they start with creating models with internal elements like bones and tissue. then they layer on top of that texture. they've got skin and hair and they add layer. and then of course, animation. so they have to move realistically and that's part of the reference material. but very much a part of this movie was the motion capture or performance capture, which we'll talk about more in a moment. but andy circus in "lord of the rings," his performance as caesar is unbelievable. we attribute the success of the science behind "rise of the planet of the apes," it's a
human element, as well. >> there was that scene on the golden gate bridge, and you had hundreds -- seemingly hundreds of apes together in one spot. how did they do that? did they explain? >> yeah, we spent much of yesterday learning about that. so even though they did go to san francisco to study the golden gate bridge and surrounding areas and they did use some high definition photography for the background, none of that was really filmed on the bridge. and you wouldn't believe it if you saw -- i'm sure we're looking at footage here. this was one of the climactic scenes of the film where the apes rise up and start tearing down the bridge towards the police. and this was all done inside a computer. the most ambitious model ever created by weta. there's more than 3 1/2 million parts to this model. they did some work in vancouver with green screen and some work here on the set in new zealand. motion capture set here at weta where the performance was captured on a stage.
but really all of this was done in the computer, and they had to render all of those primates at one time above the bridge, below the bridge, and it's just unbelievable when you see the final result. but if you are going to pick up the blu-ray or dvd, watch that featurette that shows how they made it. >> i forgot how cool that was until seeing it again. tell me about the motion capture too. because apparently you had a chance to wear it? >> i did. so we -- a few journalists got a chance to go in this motion capture outfit. you might be seeing some photos of it. so, you know, it was a blast because -- if you're not familiar with motion capture, this is where you're outfitted with a special suit that has these reflective sensors on it. and cameras capture your movement on a platform. and that data is imported into a computer and then mapped on to a character in the game. it's actors and maybe stunt men or women that do this. and so we had a chance to recreate two scenes from "rise
of the planet of the apes," i don't have that video for you, but a couple of photos of me getting dressed up in the gear. that's how they capture that fluid and natural motion. and again, his performance as caesar, that was going above and beyond. that's called performance capture where he had a camera facing pointed toward his face and that's where all the emotion in the ape was andy circus. as much as i'm a tech guy and i love all the work done on computers, his performance unbelievable. >> wow. that was -- that is an incredible experience. we live vicariously through you. thank you for bringing that to us. enjoy your travels there in new zealand. for more high-tech ideas and reviews go to cnn.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab. one hollywood's most popular stars is portraying one of america's most legendary and controversial figures. >> who is this bulldog figure?
and there were all of these salacious rumors about his personal life. >> leonardo dicaprio as jay edgar hoover. the film later overall. a new documentary film infuriating doctors who specialize in fertility. we're talking ethics, religion, a woman's body, and the buying and selling of human eggs. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. and celebrex is not a narcotic. when it comes to relieving your arthritis pain, you and your doctor need to balance the benefits with the risks.
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campuses across the united states. female students being recruited to donate their eggs for cash. the documentary "eggsplotatio "eggsplotation" -- and penn state wrapped up its first football game without legendary coach joe paterno and the first game since a former assistant coach was arrested on child sex abuse coaches. they lost to nebraska 17-14. wilson ramos is safe at home after a two-day kidnapping ordeal in venezuela. on wednesday, kidnappers snatched the washington nationals catcher. ramos gave thanks to those who risked their lives to get him released safely. >> translator: i am very happy for the rescue operation they carried out.
very thankful to the government and the national army. where they were holding me captive was a very remote place and i was praying to god to bring me home to my family safely. they risked their lives to save mine and i'm very thankful. >> the country's justice minister says an arrest warrant has been issued for the alleged master mind. the national cathedral in washington has just reopened to visitors. it was closed after being damaged by august's earthquake which measured 5.8 magnitude. repairs to the cathedral are still underway. the quake damaged other landmarks like the washington monument. president barack obama is in hawaii right now. he's hosting an economic summit with leaders from across the asia pacific region. the summit begins a nine-day trip for the president that also includes stops in indonesia and australia. the occupy portland campers have an eviction notice. the oregon city has already given them until 12:01 a.m. to
clear out. the two downtown parks they took over, the mayor says he's concerned by the number of assaults. and there have already been several arrests since the protest started. some campers say they don't plan to leave. for couples who are childless because of fertility problems, medical advances are really miracles. one option for infertile women is to try and conceive using an egg donated from another woman. an award winning documentary that focuses on egg donation has angered some medical professionals. here now is cnn's julie peterson. >> reporter: jennifer heads the center in california. she's spoken out about problems she sees with ethics in medicine. >> yes, she assumes all these risks in order to help someone else. >> reporter: she directed a documentary about the egg business. claiming that female donors are
being exploited for financial gain. >> my daughters were, you know, university of california berkeley, come home with a student paper saying $100,000 for your eggs, help make some of these dreams come true. and i'm like, whoa. >> of the 142,000 cycles in 2009, about 15,000 or 10% involved donated eggs. when a woman donates her eggs, she takes strong fertility medications to drive up the number of eggs she produces, then she has an out-patient procedure to remove the eggs, these are then transferred to the woman looking to get pregnant. >> very small artery in my right ovary had been punctured. >> reporter: they face major health risks in the stimulation of their ovaries. >> i had to receive emergency blood transfusions, they had to keep me on respiratory support. >> reporter: she wants a moratorium on financial support. >> we have to take the money out of it. it's illegal in canada to sell your eggs, illegal in france. >> reporter: one unlikely audience member, a married of
8-year-old twins. she sold her eggs six different times. >> i had the qualifications or physical characteristics that people looked for. >> reporter: a half dozen rounds netted her $60,000. >> what did you husband say about this at this time? >> my husband was always very supportive. >> reporter: all a great experience she said because she helped other people. >> my health is intact, my fertility is intact. reproductive medical professionals like daniel shapiro are livid. >> one huge flaw in this movie is they did not have a single productive endokronologist. >> reporter: pays far less than the $100,000 example. shapiro says he takes excellent care of his donors. >> but if you're egg banking, the pressure's off because the donors taking care of separately, we assure her health first. >> reporter: shapiro says his
protocol uses the drug lupron to finish a donor's cycle. >> i think that hyperstimulation would go away completely. >> as it has for you. >> as it has for us. we haven't had it in over three years. >> reporter: and goes so far to claim the film has an underlying mo motive. >> this is an imposition of religious motive. they're trying to get their religious agenda put forward on the backs of infertile patients by assailing egg donation, by assailing fertility treatment. this is a multi-pronged effort to undo roev. wade. >> as a pro-life woman, i have very strong allies on the pro-choice, nonreligious, secular, progressive side. and we are happy to stand there arm in arm and look people in the eye and say we agree here, we are playing with fire here and we want this to stop.
>> carrie's unfazed by the film. >> i've seen so much positive and so many people helped, i want to make sure there's a positive message. >> reporter: the way to the emotional debate won't be solved any time soon. let's keep the conversation going. the ethics of egg donation by way of this documentary "eggsploitation." sitting here an associate with that company here in atlanta. a firm that hosts one of the largest egg banks in the world. and then in san francisco, jennifer lall. the director of the documentary. doctor, let me begin with you. thank you to both of you for joining me on this. it is a very fir fiery topic. at issue here according to the documentary is religious, science, the economic incentive. is that at the core of what this
argument or debate is all about? >> well, i think all of those are viable. but i think really what's at the core -- and i want to give her some credit here. i think she brings up good points in the film. the problem with the film is it's very one-sided. it looks at some of the bad outcomes that have occurred in a very small number of cases and doesn't really point out how the majority of young women who have come to us for this procedure have done. how the doctors in good centers like ours really take care of the patients and make sure that they are patients. >> so in your view, not enough time is spent on the fact that the science here or the medical establishment behind the science does let the donors know everything that's involved so there are no real surprises and their lives are not necessarily put in jeopardy as a result? >> i think and -- watching the film, the documentary, what struck me in this, fredericka, is that i think the donors probably came from agencies. and if they come to a center like ours, where a doctor is
going to take care of this person as a patient. she's a patient in this process. if it's explained to her, which we make very, you know, very -- we do that very, very explicitly, we go through all the risks, all the things pointed out in the film, make sure they are taken care of as a patient, i think that wasn't portrayed in this documentary. >> jennifer, explain to us first and what is the objective of this documentary? >> well, i have been writing and speaking in this whole area of assisted reproductive technology for about a decade. i've spoken to, you know, countless young women who didn't have wonderful experiences and did have serious significant short and long-term consequences to their health and their own fertility. what's interesting is the women in the film all were seen at prestigious fertility centers in the united states. so i do take issue that they perhaps went to an agency versus a reputable clinic. these were all otherwise healthy young women who had no health
history whatsoever. they were screened, they went through the screening process and they were, again, seen and treating at leading fertility centers in the country. this isn't a religious film as you said earlier. my background is in nursing, i worked for 25 years. i'm a strong patient advocate. i'm very concerned with informed consent. when people say things like, this rarely happens, we don't track, we don't follow up, we don't monitor egg donors. i know dozens of young women who have had negative consequences and they don't appear in the medical literature. so it's impossible to say -- >> i'm wondering what your response to what he just said. he thought this documentary was one-sided, it wasn't a full picture view of what the egg donor program is -- >> and that was an intentional decision in making the film. if you go on fertility websites, you only hear one side. you see happy couples holding healthy, beautiful, cute babies, you don't see the young women
who have lost their fertility. you don't see the women who have lost their ovary. you don't see the women who have gone on and developed reproductive cancers. this is a new technology only with us for three decades. there was a study that came out two weeks ago -- >> why don't you respond to that, then. if at issue -- people are not informed of the picture enough that you only hear the most positive results and you hear not enough about potentially the side effects, what negatively could -- how it could impact people. what is the matter with giving that full picture? >> i don't think there's anything that's wrong with that. i think disclosure is always the best way to be. i can only talk about my center. but at my center, we haven't had these kinds of problems, these kinds of issues come up. yes, they are known possible complications of the procedures, but they happen in any kind of procedure that's surgical, that's medical. so what we're seeing here is a very, very big laser on a small number of patients, at least in my center and centers i know
like mine being focused on and being brought out as the norm. it's not, it's the exception. i'm not saying it's bad to point those out -- >> yeah. >> but let's be fair. because if i look at the documentary, i would think that's what happens to all of my -- you know my patients. >> dr. toledo, thanks so much. jennifer lahl, thank you for your time, as well. we didn't expect to resolve the debate, just allow some questions and answers to be exchanged. thanks so much. clint eastwood spent his early years in front of the camera, but for the last decade he's been directing. and this time, taking on the life of fbi director j. edgar hoover. >> with this power, he sort of wielded a lot of strength. and he could do a lot of things. but i think he was sort of losing touch when -- in the later generations. he was sort of losing touch with
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all right. welcome back. that much anticipated penn state/nebraska game has now ended. final score 17-14, nebraska. all this taking place under that huge cloud of suspicion over penn state involving a child sex scandal. and mike galanos is at university park. mike, a big defeat for penn state and certainly changed the mood even going into the game. the mood wasn't the usual euphoria on that campus. >> reporter: no, it wasn't. you hear the sights and sounds of college football, but there was a different mood, absolutely. and i think the emotions are beginning to come out. i believe there's a press conference. we want to listen to that. >> has there been any discussion about attending a bowl game or
turning down a bowl game offer? >> no discussion of that. but from my standpoint, if our student athletes have earned the right to play in post season play, they certainly should be allowed to do so. >> i'm sorry, i couldn't hear the question? >> -- still actively recruiting for penn state in the last year or two years? >> i have no knowledge of that. >> if you've already answered this, i apologize. was there any regret on the part of the board to make that announcement as late at night on wednesday night? was there much thought given to waiting till thursday morning? >> the board makes their own decisions. they felt they had to move decisively, and that's what they did. i'm sorry?
i have no information on that at this point. >> was any type of crisis manageable pr firm hired through all of this for you guys? >> we're working with -- >> again, we're listening to rodney erickson, the interim president talking there. one question we did hear, whether or not penn state would accept a bowl bid. he said student athletes want to play, they're playing. this is the game with all the emotion, fredericka, that was it. before the game, you mentioned the different mood. instead of penn state charging out from under the tunnel, they walked out arm-in-arm. there was a pregame prayer involving both teams, and it was victims number one. it was announced $20,000 raised to help prevent childhood abuse. so, again, that's the kind of
message they want to send from state college, $20,000 raised today by fans in the stadium who decided it was time to donate and again put victims first. >> all right. mike galanos, thanks so much there at the penn state university campus. all right. straight ahead, we're taking you to the movies. j. edgar hitting the big screen. we'll find out what our movie critic of the day says about it. . look at these big pieces of potato. ♪ what's that? big piece of potato. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank.
it issing the weekend. you need entertainment, right? how about heading to that local movie theater? movie critic with rotten tomatoes is joining us live. first, you want to hear about "j. edgar" because there is a lot of buzz about this clint eastwood film starring leonardo dicaprio among others. let's take a quick look at that clip. >> i heard that very same argument for mr. mitchell palmer. do you know what it took to change his mind? a bomb. now i -- do i no want that to happen to you or your brother, sir. there's no reason we both can't get what we want. we can wage. >> look at that makeup. okay. that alone, to me, very impre
impressive, matt. >> makeup does look really good. dicaprio turns in a great performance here. the movie is relatively well directed but i have to say this isn't one of clint eastwood's best films. part of the problem is the subject matter. we don't know that much about j. edgar hoover. it is not like he left memoirs. you feel like you haven't learned that much. they address the rumors of his cross-dressing and homosexuality. he was a life long bachelor. number two man was always movie. played by army hammer from "the social network." it leaves you wanting a lot more than you really get. >> so he's still an enigma. your grade on this one? >> may grade on this is a "c." if you are a big clint eastwood fan and want to more about "j. edgar" you can see it but you
are better off reading a history book. >> wow. next movie, "jack and jill," adam sandler. this is still popular? actor playing more than one character. >> yes. this is the second wide release with crossdressing men. let's take a quick look. >> no, i don't want to jump rope. >> your father likes to pretend his life started in california. everybody loved us in the neighborhood. >> daddy, please. >> bring it over here. >> get over here! do it! do it! >> oh, my gosh. that looks comical. goofy. silly. funny. is that the tint? >> no. it is dopey adam sandler about what you would expect. this is not one of his better efforts. i would say this movie is knowly unwatchable except for one thing that saves it. al pacino comes in playing himself and goes crazy in this
movie. the scenes with al pacino are so funny. he's completely self-parody here. he -- you know, he drops lines from famous movies like "scar face" and "the godfather." the funniest lines in the movie. funniest scenes in the move why you. if you are a big al pacino fan you may want to see this. otherwise i would have to say avoid it. it is not at good movie aside from -- >> you are not setting up a very good grade. >> no, no. i have to give it a "d," lower grade. pacino actually saves it. >> really? pacino helped it go from an "e" to a "d"? >> yes. >> all right. thanks so much. you can go to rottentomatoes.com to get all of matt's movie reviews. a young star widow. war widow widow, that is. she has become quite the star because she is using her experience to help others. she's one of our cnn here
yesterday america celebrated veterans day while most is knock used on men and women, one of the of the top heroes helps the widows. she buried her husband four years ago. he was an army corporate killed in iraq. davis says following the service she felt ostracized of people would tell her because she was young she could marry again. davis went on to grief groups but found that once again, because of her young age, sheen didn't quite fit in and feel good about it. she founded the american widow project helping hundreds of widows in her age group.
she joins us right now from austin, texas. congratulations on becoming a top ten cnn hero. >> whoo! thank you. awesome. >> i think just that really resonates and i remember so well you gave that same kind of expression of excitement after jumping out of an airplane and that was kind of the release that you and so many other widows felt by coming together. did you realize it would -- it would be so powerful? >> you know, i feel my husband the most when i'm living life to the fullest. and i think the american widow project which and what each widow brings to that is a pure example where there is love, there is life. because the love that i have for michael the love he had for me and all the widows hair with their husbands, really just follows through the organization and puts a smile anybody's face. >> what have the other widows told you about what it feels like to go through your group,